How new Sheffield Wednesday signing Josh Onomah fared for England Under-21s against the Netherlands

New Owls signing Josh Onomah featured in England Under-21s goalless draw against the Netherlands.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 7th September 2018, 11:40 am
Updated Friday, 7th September 2018, 11:46 am
Josh Onomah was in action for England Under-21s last night
Josh Onomah was in action for England Under-21s last night

The highly-rated midfielder, who moved to Hillsborough on a season long-loan from Tottenham Hotspur last week, started the Young Lions European Championship qualifier at Carrow Road on Thursday.

Onomah played 65 minutes before being subbed off for Everton's Tom Davies.

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Aidy Boothroyd's side created the better chances, with Leicester City forward Demarai Gray hitting the crossbar and Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin twice seeing efforts saved.

"We went after all three (points)," said Boothroyd. 

"But I think if we had gone gung-ho and ended up getting beat it would have kept the group alive.

Josh Onomah was in action for England Under-21s last night

"But I think the fact that we didn't get beat, got a point, still keeps that distance between us and - it doesn't make it easier - but makes the job a little bit easier than it would have been."

The draw maintains England's unbeaten run in qualifying and edged them a step closer to next summer's finals in Italy and San Marino.

With three matches remaining, Boothroyd's men sit top of Group B and required just five more points to book their place in the 2019 tournament.

Next up for England, who have not lost a qualifier or play-off match for 32 matches, a run dating back to November 2011, is a trip to second-bottom Latvia on Tuesday.

Boothroyd, who deployed a three-man defence against the Dutch, said: 'The fact we didn't get beat and got a point still keeps that distance between us. It makes the jobs a little bit easier than it would have been.

'It is in our own hands and that's the main thing. I am just pleased with a point and this time of the season. Everyone is still finding their feet.

'It is a good pressure being top of the group. I am pleased where we are, looking forward to Latvia and the Dutch have a bit to do to catch us so it is in our hands with three games to go.'